In line with the United Nations International Peace Day first marked on September 12, 1981, the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has joined different organizations and world bodies in celebrating this year’s event.
The commemoration which attracted the presence of dignitaries like Royal Fathers, religious leaders, academics, peace advocates, politicians, youth representatives, cultural groups, business magnates, among others, was held at Fontana Hotel, Independence Layout, Enugu, by the Enugu State Command of Peace Corps of Nigeria.
The theme of this year’s peace celebration was “Shaping Peace Together” chosen in recognition of the role played by collective and communal effort at nation building and enthroning peace in the society.
While giving his welcome address, the Chairman of the Occasion and Enugu East Local Government Council Chairman, Hon. Alex Ugwu, noted that peace was vital in all aspects of human endeavors, and without which life would be meaningless. He extolled the mandate of the PCN in promoting peace by not just engaging youth in meaningful ventures that would discourage them from crimes and other violent related activities but also making sure that peace was extended to communities.
Speaking on his administration’s commitment to stamp out unrest and conflict-related activities and endear enduring peace, the Council Boss stated that he had employed more than 500 youths in direct labour and empowered many more in entrepreneurship. This, according to him, would promote a stable order and discourage youth from partaking in social disturbances.
He further called on all lovers of peace to support the laudable projects set out to achieve by the PCN, noting that his administration would always partner with the body to continue to ensure peace in his sphere of influence.
On his part, the Enugu State Commandant, Patriot Okoye Maxwell, expressed his profound gratitude to all invited guests and hinted that the impressive turnout was as a result of the love the Enugu people have for peace.
The Commandant who enjoined the people of the state to continue to show compassion, kindness and hope in the face of human’s common enemy, COVID -19 also noted that the common effort of the united nations in battling the pandemic showed that the world could still come together and work out peace which costs nothing.
According to him, every individual has a role to play in building a peaceful society. He further extended his call to ethnics in Nigeria to be peace ambassadors as the project was not a one man show. By being our brother’s keepers, we’re “Shaping Peace Together”, he noted.
Amongst those that were recognised as Peace Ambassadors and Community Development Peace awardee include Ndigbo United Forum’s Board of Trustees Chairman, business magnate, Coordinator, G17 and serving aide to the Executive Governor of the State, Hon. (Chief) Chinedu Mbah (Nwakaibeya na Nkanuland), His Grace, Archbishop of Anglican Communion, Olisa Chukwuma, OON, Enugu East Local Government Chairman, Prince Alex Ugwu, Honourable Member representing Agwu Constituency at Enugu State House of Assembly, Mrs. Den Edeh amongst others.
Commending the PCN for finding him worthy to be a United Nations and Peace Corps of Nigeria’s Ambassador, Hon. Chinedu Mbah promised to keep up with his good works. He reiterated that the award would energize him to do more in the area of community development and selfless services to the public. He added that, with our collective thought and will, world peace is possible.
While also dedicating the award to all peacemakers, the leader of the G17 appreciated God for giving the people of Enugu State a leader that garbs himself with peace as Governor.
Ambassador Chinedu Mbah who further extolled the godly virtue of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi added that the state was peaceful because the governor was a man of peace.